Beam supports homeless people through training and into rewarding work.
Each person has been referred to Beam by a homelessness organisation.
You fund their training. And we support them into work.
Pursuing a career that is interesting, rewarding and creative will mean that I’m really living, rather than just existing. I aim to grab this opportunity with both hands and run with it.
In 2011, I fell into financial difficulty through circumstances beyond my control at work. The only option open to me was becoming homeless. I was street homeless for 7 years. During that time, I felt invisible. A lot of places become inaccessible to you because of the literal baggage that you carry around with you on a daily basis. I felt ashamed and embarrassed.
But I realised one day that I was physically and mentally heading in the wrong direction. I got in touch with an outreach team and was soon offered a place in a hostel. I'm now in supported housing and feeling much more secure about my future.
As part of my recovery process, I was encouraged by my support worker to participate in some construction training run by St Mungo's. Here, I discovered an aptitude for a trade - tiling. I enjoyed it so much that I've decided to pursue it as a career. I'm really looking forward to my training - and to be able to come out at the end and find a job that I enjoy.Show More
Scott's campaign began to fund
Scott begins his Level 2 course in tiling
Scott completes his tiling course and starts working on his NVQ
Scott begins full-time work as a tiler
Too often homeless people are forced to lie out of sheer desperation. We think it's better when relationships are built on trust and honesty. Beam verifies each member in 4 ways:
1. Referral: every member of Beam is referred by a registered homelessness charity or local authority.
2. Interviews: before their campaign launches, each member is interviewed twice by a Beam Member Manager.
3. References: we take references on each member from the charity who refers them and someone in a position of responsibility.
4. Profile: we take great care to verify information in a member's story is true.
It's your money.
We work hard to ensure that you can give confidently.
A caseworker or "Member Manager" is an employee of Beam who helps those referred to Beam to plan a crowdfunding campaign and supports them through training and into work.
All Member Managers are trained professionals who specialise in supporting vulnerable adults by focusing on their strengths and abilities.